Northwood Competitive Speech Team Places Second at Bowling Green

Northwood’s Competitive Speech Team with Advisor Andy Rapp at Bowling Green State University.

Northwood University’s Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in the Forensics is Beachin’ themed tournament February 22-23 hosted by Bowling Green State University. The team took two second place finishes out of 15 teams on Saturday and 14 teams on Sunday. They took home two specially made tournament trophies, one of which was hand-carved out of wood only grown on the island of Oahu.

On Saturday, February 22, seven students made it to the finals. Cody Colella, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA, placed 3rd in long form impromptu and 5th in both informative and persuasion; David Valentine, a senior from Detroit, placed 3rd in impromptu; Taryn Rubino, a junior from Dryden, placed 5th in dramatic interpretation and 6th in both prose and programmed oral interpretation; Kirk Longuski, a junior from Bay City, placed 1st in long form impromptu, 3rd in informative and 5th in after dinner speaking; Joshua Gammon, a junior from Midland, placed 4th in long form impromptu and 5th in rhetorical criticism; McKenzie Terwillegar, a sophomore from Highland, placed 6th in long form impromptu, rhetorical criticism and extemporaneous; and Cherell Granger, a sophomore from Gaylord, placed 4th in informative and 5th in long form impromptu. Kirk Longuski was named tournament champion in long form impromptu and Cherell Granger was named top novice in both informative and long form impromptu.

In addition, six students made it to the finals on Sunday, February 23. Cody Colella placed 3rd in long form impromptu and informative, 4th in impromptu and 7th in persuasion; Taryn Rubino placed 6th in programmed oral interpretation; Kirk Longuski placed 1st in long form impromptu, 2nd in persuasion and 4th in after dinner speaking and informative; Joshua Gammon placed 2nd in rhetorical criticism and 6th in long form impromptu; McKenzie Terwillegar placed 3rd in rhetorical criticism, 4th in long form impromptu and 5th in impromptu; and Cherell Granger placed 5th in long form impromptu. Kirk Longuski was named tournament champion in long form impromptu for the second time, along with Cherell Granger as top novice in both informative and long form impromptu. Top novice was also awarded to Miranda Kennedy, a sophomore from Unionville, in impromptu and Amber Osburn, a sophomore from Tecumseh, in poetry.

The students kick off their championship season on Friday, February 28, at Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League States hosted by Central Michigan University.


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